If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, mental illness or serious physical injury, you could qualify for financial support through disability benefits. However, the process of getting the financial support you need can be complex. Among other requirements, you will have to prove you are disabled.
Not only do you need to be disabled to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, but you must also have an established history of work.
When it comes to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, there is one myth that many people continue to believe: Young people cannot receive and/or win disability benefits.
Even if you have a severe disability, getting the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you need is never easy. In fact, most disability claims are initially denied. Fortunately, however, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your disability claim - and thereby increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need and deserve.
Even though many people think they cannot work at all if they are applying for - or already receiving - Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, that is simply not the case. In fact, as long as your monthly gross income is below a certain dollar amount, you may still be able to receive SSD benefits.
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn't reject everyone, the truth is that the vast majority of people are denied the first time they apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Indeed, as reported in the SSA's 2015 Annual Statistical Supplement - the most recent year available - only 32.2 percent of applicants were approved in 2014, meaning nearly 70 percent were denied disability benefits.
Some applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are denied at the first step of the process. Further, requests for reconsideration are denied in even larger numbers. After that, cases normally proceed to an SSDI hearing before an administrative law judge. While the chances of being approved in such a hearing are much better, they are not 100 percent. So, what happens if you are denied again after a hearing?
Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio has reacted unhappily to a new rule in the House of Representatives that will make it more difficult to transfer funds between the government's Social Security retirement account and the Social Security disability account. Brown, along with others from the Senate Democratic leadership, wrote a letter to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the rule is akin to holding the benefits of disabled people hostage, and urged that it be abandoned.
Ohio residents may be aware that people who have been injured, and, due to the severity of their conditions, cannot work, may be eligible to receive certain government benefits. There are a few programs geared to ensuring that those who are too disabled to work have some safety net that will allow them to support themselves in some fashion. Two of these programs are worker's compensation and Social Security Disability (SSD). The question may then arise: what is the difference between these two programs?
The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report recently showing than a number of military veterans receive military retirement benefits, as well as veteran's and social security disability (SSD) payments. The report put the number of so-called "triple dippers" at somewhere around 60,000. While some are concerned about the amount of money being spent in these instances, others point out that the benefits are retirement pay earned through years of service, and the veterans are often disabled due to injuries suffered in the line of duty.